Olivier left the Camp Nou with a black eye after a bruising battle with Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, and the Chelsea striker said after the game on Wednesday that he fought hard with his teammates but was just unlucky not to win the game.
“Yes, it is part of my job [to fight], *laughs*” Giroud told Goal in reference to his black eye.
“However, we could have been more efficient. We had a lot of chances. We felt that we could have been more dangerous. We succeeded to play our game, we wanted to play this way and we have to be proud of what we have done tonight.
“That’s even if we cannot be happy with the result. We are not qualified, obviously, but the thing is that we have done some very good things tonight. When you hit the post four times in two games against Barcelona, it is too much, you need a bit of luck. Even more when you are 2-0 down.
“We didn’t get the penalty and it was obvious, for me. It is frustrating because we felt like we could have done it. But at the end of the day they play with a player who is very efficient. It is very hard to play against Messi. He scored three goals and got one assist in his two games [against Chelsea].”